Nismo GT-R wins first race of 2008 Super GT series
The Nissan GT-R has won its debut race at Suzuka.
The Xanavi Nismo GT-R, starting from the second place on the grid and driven by Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer, won the first race of the 2008 Super GT series in Japan in front of more than 32,000 spectators.
Michael Krumm and Masataka Yanagida brought the Motul Autech GT-R home in 2nd place for a historic debut race weekend for Nissan.
Krumm in the number 22 car, started from pole position and crossed the control line at the end of lap one followed by Treluyer behind the wheel of the Xanavi GT-R.
The Nissan pair continued to dominate the rest of the race ahead of the Lexus SC 430 in third place, creating a gap of more than four seconds by lap 40.
Motoyama said: ‘Before the race we felt a bit of pressure to make a debut win for the GT-R but believed that we could win because the car was fantastic and the team had done a great job.
'Combination with Benoit was also very good and we proved to be the strongest pair. I’m really happy that we won the race in the GT-R’s very first race.’
Treluyer added: ‘Our team and the car have been perfect all through the weekend. It was a shame that we did not take a pole position due to my mistake. We know competition will be tougher but believe we can win again since the GT-R is very fast.’